Top 10 List

A list of things fast food companies should do, but many don’t:

1) Include napkins: First of all, a fast food place should include a napkin in the first place. You don’t know how many times I ordered one of those fast food meals that requires a napkin by your side, yet none are included.

1a) Include more then 1 napkin: When I order 3 Big Macs, 3 fries, 2 Crispy Chickens, and a McFlurry so myself and 3 others, having more then 1 napkin total is kinda vital as much as I like sharing the napkin with everyone.

2) Tell me the price: Dunkin Donuts (yes you) are a great chain, but how hard is it to tell someone when they order what the price is before they pull up to the window? This is supposed to be quick service, yet if I have to spend a half minute counting change after spending five minutes between ordering and getting to the window, you would think this would be common sense to tell the price beforehand.

3) Custom orders: When I say I want a #5 PLAIN with a Coke, I don’t want a #4 loaded with a Dr. Pepper.

4) Credit Cards: Sometimes I don’t have cash on me. Only Burger King (sometimes) allows me to pay by credit card.

5) Newly cooked: Yeah, if something is a tad cold, I don’t suggest serving it to your customers. Just a suggestion, what do I know.

6) Hello, Thank You, Goodbye: Yes, McDonalds and company aren’t exactly pillars of great places to work. But here’s a hint: if you say hello, thank you, and goodbye have a nice day like you really mean it and say it at all times, I may come back! If I come back, that means more money for your salary and that could also mean a chance for a raise for you.

7) Cold Bagels: Dunkin Donuts, I understand you want the drive-up window to go fast. But somehow the Dunkin Donuts in my hometown can cook both the breakfast sandwiches and toast bagels being just as busy as the one here in Manchester, yet the one in Manchester forces thecustomer to take a cold bagel when going through the drive-up window. Small hint: the 20 second sacrifice in time is well worth making the customer happy. Combine this with my suggestion about telling the price beforehand and we all win!

8) Weird orders: If I give an unordinary order, don’t stare at me like I am the devil. Thank you.

9) Did I forget to mention the napkin thing?

Mozilla Firefox 0.9.1 Released

The fine folks at Mozilla have released Firefox 0.9.1 for mass consumption. The difference between this release and the 0.9 release is mainly a few critical bug fixes and some very nice default theme updates. I plan on writing a little review of this in the next few days if I get the time.

In the meantime, please download the new version! Make sure you uninstall your old version before installing the new one. Don’t worry, your bookmarks and settings will be saved regardless.


Yesterday was the big moving day. I am out of my parent’s house (even though I enjoyed being there) for the rest of my life. I am truly “on my own” (well, with my girlfriend). More on this later tonight.

Hotmail Returns?

Looks like Microsoft wasn’t going to stay behind the pack in the free e-mail wars for long. Hotmail has announced that it will now offer 250MB of free storage right away and will offer 2GB if you pay your soul to them. The storage bump will begin in early July.

So by my count, the three major e-mail providers now offer:
GMail: 1GB free, no paid storage (yet)
Yahoo Mail: 100MB free, 2GB paid
Hotmail: 250MB free, 2GB paid

Looks like Yahoo and Hotmail did what they hope was a “just enough” upgrade that it won’t lose any users to Gmail, despite the massive differences in storage sizes compared to Gmail. You must remember, Gmail’s appearance caught everyone off-guard (remember that everyone at first thought it was one of Google’s famous April Fools jokes?). Google’s infrastructure is very scalable, apparently Yahoo’s and Hotmail’s isn’t as easily to expand as they first had to figure out how to answer Gmail, then upped their storage limits “just enough” so they won’t lose customers (their hope), but well short of Gmail.

Interesting though that Hotmail, long the e-mail provider with the smallest storage space (2MB!!!) is now a 150MB more then Yahoo Mail. I would not be surprised if Yahoo ups its storage a little more because of this. Also expect the free e-mail wars to heat up if Gmail really catches on. I wouldn’t be surprised if Yahoo and Hotmail jump their storage capacities up more, especially when Gmail is opened to the public.

Thanks but no thanks Yahoo and Microsoft, I’ll stick with Gmail.

Oh and I have invitations if anyone wants any 😉

Firefox UI improvements

Asa of the Mozilla Foundation has revealed some very interesting screenshots of new enhancements that will appear in future Mozilla Firefox versions.

The first one is of the Firefox secure site notification UI. Right now, if you visit a secure site in Firefox (or for that matter, any web browser that I can think of), a small lock appears in the bottom corner of your browser window, which 99% of web users probably never notice nor care about.

So going with the theme that Firefox is a 1000x more secure and reliable then public enemy #1, this is the new improved secure site notification UI:

As you can tell, the security lock now appears right on the address bar instead of stuffed in the bottom corner of the screen.

Few comments on this: wondefully done. Very noticable, not in your way, and easy to fgure out. The only concern I have is that with Javascript the address bar could be turned off. That is, it can be turned off at the moment. I have a feeling that in the near future Firefox will prevent certain toolbars like the address bar from being turned off by web sites.

Next screenshot of a UI change: the bookmarks manager.

Looks like bookmarks are going to be much much easier to organize. Without actually using it (right now, all I have seen is this screenshot) and relying on what Asa says, it sounds like a small but great improvement in bookmark management.

I might have to ditch this 0.9 release and upgrade to a nightly build. I love these changes.